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GUYMON, Okla. – Marlin R.  Henson, 89, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at Memorial Hospital of Texas County.

He was born Aug. 7, 1920, to Mattie D. (Nall) and Durward B. Henson in Boise City, Okla.

He married Imogene C. Mathiot Sept. 12, 1948, in Marion. She survives.

He attended Sunny Slope school and later Boise City schools. He graduated from the Williams Institute of Mortuary Science in Kansas City.

He worked through the “Dirty Thirties” and the “Great Depression.” His first paying job was as the Boise City Western Union messenger boy and later worked at the Hall Drug Store. While in high school, he worked at the grocery store and moonlighted at the Palace Theater. He also helped the local funeral director. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942.  Stationed in Pearl Harbor, he served as a chief pharmacists mate and the chief master of arms in the southwest Pacific. After the war, he began working for funeral homes in Kansas. In 1952,  he and Imogene purchased the McElroy Funeral Home, which became Henson Funeral Home with the later partnership of Loyd Peterson.

He was a member at Victory Memorial United Methodist Church, where he served as lay leader, chairman of council of ministries and was active in Methodist Men.

He was a member of the American Legion, served as past presidents of the Guymon Lions Club, Panhandle Lions Club and the Guymon Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 335 AF&AM,  the Scottish Rite Consistory, Guthrie, and the India Shrine, Oklahoma City. He was honored as the 2005 Pioneer Day parade marshal.

He enjoyed traveling.

Other survivors include one son, Robert Henson and wife, Marlene, Guymon; one daughter, Janet and husband, Bud Blackmore, Midway, Utah; four grandchildren, Jeffrey Blackmore and wife, Julie, Houston, Dr. Mark and Ashley Blackmore, Dallas, Jamie Leathers and husband, Kody, and Nicole Hillman, all of Boise, Idaho; two-great granddaughters, Emily and Sarah Blackmore; sister-in-law, Lois and husband, Al Chill, Guymon; and many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Burley Henson.

o Memorial services will follow at 11 a.m. Thursday at Victory Memorial United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Barry Bennett and Dr. Michael Burkett presiding.

Burial will be at Elmhurst Cemetery.

Friends may call until 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Henson-Novak Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Shriners Hospital for Children or Victory Memorial United Methodist Church, c/o Henson-Novak Funeral Directors, P.O. Box 1306, Guymon, OK  73942.

Friends can sign the online guest book and send condolences at www.hensonnovak.com.

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